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Boy (16) faces robbery charge

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy, who started abusing alcohol at the age of seven, has been charged over the mugging of a man at the Ha'penny Bridge.

The teenager was at Dublin Children's Court accused of robbery of a mobile phone on November 21.

Judge Ann Ryan heard it would be alleged the victim had been crossing the bridge when the teenager and another male approached. The teen is alleged to have stolen a phone from the man who gave chase. He was then knocked to the ground and got kicked. Judge Ryan heard the man suffered "a swollen nose and a cut to his eye".

Judge Ryan refused jurisdiction and sent the case to the Circuit Court. The boy was remanded in custody and will be served with a book of evidence next month.

Two dead in college gunfire

TWO people have been shot dead and a teenager wounded in the car park of a community college in Kentucky.

A police dispatcher said the shooting happened yesterday afternoon at Hazard Community & Technical college in Hazard.

The dispatcher said the injured teenager was being taken to the University of Kentucky hospital.

Conor Duff, the college's evening co-ordinator, said the shootings happened at about 4.30pm.

Pope sees US defence boss

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to meet Pope Benedict XVI tomorrow at the Vatican.

Panetta, a staunch Catholic and Italian-American, is in Rome as part of a weeklong swing across Europe meeting with defence ministers to talk about ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Mali.

Shankly is novel subject

THE author of an award-winning fictional account of Brian Clough's ill-fated stint at Leeds United is writing a new novel about another footballing legend -- Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.

David Peace, whose The Damned United was made into a film, will publish Red Or Dead in August.

He said: "Bill Shankly was not just a great football manager, Bill Shankly was one of the greatest men who ever lived."